Posted May 10, 2016 4:12 pm by Comments

By gunwriter It is only fitting this post happen today. You see, today is Jeff Cooper’s birthday. In the late 60s Cooper began experimenting with lightweight bolt-action carbines. Greatly influenced by the life and writings of Frederick Russell Burnham, Cooper envisioned this general-purpose rifle as, “…a short, light, handy, versatile, utility rifle.” Cooper called his idea of this conceptualized carbine a “scout rifle.” In an effort to create a blueprint so others could build a Scout Rifle, Cooper defined his the concept by setting forth some parameters. Though the definition was a bit malleable, its foundation never really changed until August of 1999 when he wrote, “The Steyr Scout is clearly the best personal rifle in the world.” Up until that time Cooper insisted the ideal general-purpose rifle would weigh 3 kilograms (6 pounds, 9.8 ounces) or less, with back-up sights, an extended eye relief scope, and a sling attached. Naked – out of the box – the Steyr Scout weighs 6 pounds, 10 ounces. After extensive research, as far as I can discern, Cooper never found Scout Rifle nirvana; a rifle that would satisfy his ideal definition. Most often this base definition was repeatedly stipulated as a short-action .308 Winchester less …Read the Rest

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